Olaf Metzel

Galerie Klüser 2

With American and German troops currently involved in the same military campaign, there has been considerable animated discussion in Germany about its relationship with the United States. An explicitly political artist like Olaf Metzel would be expected to take a position in this discourse; perhaps unsurprisingly, war and pop culture seem to dominate his view of America. A photograph of a burning house evokes a war scenario, but the title, Universal Studios, Hollywood, 1986, quickly makes it clear that this dramatic event was staged for the camera—whether it was for a crime show or an apocalyptic feature makes no difference. Metzel exhibited this sixteen-year-old shot to point up its relationship to today's warlike atmosphere. In his Votivtafel (Votiveboard), 1992, made of paraffin, both admiration for and disappointment with the US find expression. The board carries the names of

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